Simon Chiew '02
Bachelor of Arts 2002 College of Arts and Sciences (Major: Economics)
- Director of workforce development at the Chinese-American Planning Council helps immigrants as well as businesses navigate the new landscape.
- Chiew, who was born in Malaysia, and whose family was assisted by a similar organization when they arrived in the United States, says it's important for new arrivals to extend their lives beyond their immediate communities.
- The program Chiew runs, the LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton Fundamentals in Luxury Retail program, is a collaboration of the council, the luxury retailer, and the Parsons School of Design. The program, to which Mandarin-speaking immigrants must apply, takes the successful applicants through eight weeks of classroom instruction on subjects from fashion history to retail operations, and a two-week internship at one of the stores. Of the 60 people who have participated in the program since it began in 2014, 80 percent have found employment in stores such as Louis Vuitton, Prada, and Dior.